[Idle-dev] The '>>> ' prompt is bad

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Thu Jun 14 18:47:04 CEST 2012

On 17/01/12 01:00, Terry Reedy wrote:
> In http://bugs.python.org/issue7676 msg151418
> I conclude that putting a prompt on the first user entry line of each
> statement is a mistake that can only be solved by removing it. I see
> three alternatives. Discussion here or there welcome.

Having a prompt *only* on the first line is bad.
Not having any prompt would be worse.
Doing what the standard interpreter does would be best (and consistent 
for users of both). ie:

 >>> if True:
...    pass

Where both prompt characters can be user defined for bonus credits...
Being able to strip the prompts when copy/pasting (like PyCrust does) 
would earn a gold star.


Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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